Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Seattle’s First Virtual Reality Arcade

Portal: A VR Arcade in Seattle
Seattle's first VR arcade (Portal)


So while Virtual Reality (VR) isn’t exactly a new thing, it is a very current thing and now Seattle has gotten into the action with Portal, the city’s first VR arcade. Located in Ballard, Portal is designed to provide the highest-quality VR experiences in a sophisticated, but family-friendly atmosphere. Players experience VR in individual booths while others relax in our lounge area enjoying snacks, soft drinks and/or beer. HD monitors throughout the space show what each player is experiencing.

Unlike the arcades of yesteryear, Portal features ten booths that are padded for your safety (things can get out of hand if you’re not too careful) and that’s about it. No chairs, no joysticks. “Instead you’ll be actively participating in your VR experience 360 degrees,” says Portal. “We use HTC Vive systems driven by powerful computers with superior graphics capability that provide the state of the art in VR.”

Portal VR Arcade
VR booths are available in 15, 30 and 60 minute blocks. Play by yourself or split your time with others. Pricing per booth: 15 Minutes: $12.95, 30 Minutes: $19.95/$24.95 (two or more people), 60 Minutes: $29.95/$39.95 (two or more people). 15 and 30 minute sessions are available for walk-ins, but for longer sessions, book your space online. You can also try the ridiculously scary “Richie’s Plank Experience” for $4.99 where you will be physically walking a plank just inches off the floor, but in VR, high above a busy street.

Portal is located at 2601 NW Market St. in Seattle and are open Mondays-Thursdays from 2:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m, Fridays from 2:30 p.m. – midnight, Saturdays from 11:00 a.m.-midnight and Sundays from noon-6:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website or call them at (206) 494-0102.